OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Coach Jeff French ran his team through an afternoon practice session, fine tuning their game plan, in preparation for the Wildcats on Tuesday. Coach French says having that Number Two national ranking is an honor. A few weeks ago the Greyhounds were ranked number one.
French said, "We strive for excellence and I feel like what we accomplished last year carried over into this year and it culminated with us being recognized nationally and that's a good thing."
The Greyhounds are well skilled and know how to distribute the soccer ball. Once they are in position players like Tito Gonzalez and Logan Seymour know how to find the oppositions net.
Over the last three games...Ocean Springs has netted 24 goals while giving up none.
"We have so much talent on this team," Kevin Quist stated. "Coming off a state championship last year we have tons of juniors and seniors this year just absolutely great. A of ODP players that are going to play college ball."
The players say coach Jeff French gets them both physically and mentally prepared for each and every game.
Austin Zamarripa said,"He really gives us the right mindset this year, don't think you're the best, you have to prove it. You have to work at it. You can't go in thinking you're the best, you will be knocked down."
The Greyhounds will take the playoffs...one game at a time...with a goal of winning back-to-back state titles.
"If we just play like we're suppose to play we will win another state championship," stated T.J. Sharp. He added, "We just have to keep our head straight and do what we're suppose to do."
Coach Jeff French his team won't be satisfied saying the Greyhounds ultimate goal is to win another state title. "I feel like if we do the work that we need to then the season will culminate with that and we'll deserve to be up there."
The Greyhounds have the right attitude as they get ready for Meridian.